My duck, mon canard, min anka, моя утка... Duolingo is really bent on preparing me to be a polyglott duck owner.
Can any of these animals be used as pet names in Russian?
In English one may call one's boyfriend/ girlfriend "ducky" or "chicken" for example, or in French one uses "canard = duck", "poule = chicken", "lapin = rabbit", or "puce = flea".
In Russian, the similar "animal" pet names are:
- зая / зайка / зайчик - hare (or rabbit)
- котик / котёнок - cat / kitten
Note that not everyone enjoys being called so.
in the film 'The Cranes are Flying' I recall the hero calling his girlfriend 'squirrel-белка'
"puce = flea", not fly. Still wondering how this could ever become a tender name... x)
Ha Ha I agree, but not in the US. Refer to a girl as your chicken and you may get strange looks. You're safer saying My honey, My baby, My girly, My shorty. Chicken has not really caught on in American slang/informal speech atleast contemporarily.
A completely normal sentence one would use on a daily basis, as you can clearly see.
Google translate used the masculine "my" with this. Is duck female or masculine?
Duck or "утка" is feminine in Russian and so requires "моя". Google translate recently gave me the same as Duolingo. Google translate often has errors, as it has a tendency to translate word by word until someone corrects it. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D1%83%D1%82%D0%BA%D0%B0 Scroll down to the Russian word "утка", but I did find it fun that in Macedonian the same word "утка" is used for a different bird, the owl.
Judging by your icon, you clearly passed that point a long time ago, but for anyone else wondering about it: http://www.russianforeveryone.com/Rufe/Lessons/Course1/Grammar/GramUnit3/GramUnit3_2.htm
You can go to settings and add the Russian language or even better download the SwiftKey keyboard which will let you use almost any language
Is there really an idiom in Russian "stuck like a duck" but a tad more colorful? It's in a movie where people are pretending to be Russians.